STEPHANIE WANG-BREAL: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
A first-generation Chinese American from Youngstown, Ohio, Stephanie Wang-Breal uses film as a tool to subvert the narrative. She’s directed five feature length films: the award-winning Wo Ai Ni Mommy (2010), Tough Love (2014), and Blowin’ Up (2018); and directed commercials and short form content with talents and brands such as Tan Dun, Planned Parenthood, Minwax, ESPN, Tiffany & Co., Goldman Sachs, Verifone, and Apple. Stephanie’s independent work has been supported and recognized by the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, and featured in the Tribeca Film Festival.
JULIA BACHA: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Julia Bacha is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Guggenheim fellow, and Creative Director at Just Vision. Her directing credits include Budrus (2009), My Neighbourhood (2012), and Naila and the Uprising (2017). Her work has played at the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as Palestinian refugee camps and the United States Congress. Julia is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and a TED speaker.
Untitled PRC Project examine megatrends of today’s China with an observational lens. By following the flow of labor, fortune, and waste across China, we explore how new types of economic cycles translate into day-to-day life for people of all class lines. This impressionistic collage of the new “Chinese Dream” consists of conceptually linked vignettes, immersed in locations ranging from the remote Sichuan mountains to the polluted Inner Mongolia plains to bustling labor markets in megacities. Micro-moments of people’s lives deliver an impressionistic understanding of the growing behemoth that is the nominally communist yet hyper-capitalist People’s Republic of China.
Untitled PRC Project is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jessica Kingdon is a Chinese-American director/producer named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2017. Her award-winning Vimeo Staff Pick short Commodity City shot in Yiwu, China is an observational documentary about the world’s largest wholesale mall. It was shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor and has played at over 50 film festivals. Her upcoming feature documentary Untitled PRC Project is a SFFilm Doc Fund recipient and participated in the 2017 Spotlight on Documentary IFP Film Week. Her upcoming short Routine Island, about the new Chinese middle class on vacation on an island in Micronesia, is an Eyeslicer Radical Film Fund recipient. Past residencies include the Points North Institute Shortform Editing Residency, the Artist Academy at the New York Film Festival, the UnionDocs Editing Residency, and the UnionDocs Lab. Producer credits include The Waterslide, directed by Nathan Truesdell, which premiered at True/False in 2018; Old Stone, directed by Johnny Ma, which premiered at the Berlinale 2016; and the upcoming For Entertainment Purposes Only, directed by Colin Healey. Jessica is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.
LANA WILSON: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Lana Wilson is an Emmy® Award-winning and two-time Spirit Award-nominated director. Her most recent film, The Departure (2017), premiered at Tribeca, had a critically acclaimed theatrical release, and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Her previous film, After Tiller (2013), premiered at Sundance and went on to win an Emmy® Award for Best Documentary. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, four Cinema Eye Honors, and the Ridenhour Prize.
Pray Away tells the story of the history and continuation of the “pray the gay away” or ex-gay movement.
Pray Away is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Kristine Stolakis is a BAFTA-nominated documentary director and producer. Her directorial debut short The Typist (Hot Docs 2015) was released by KQED and is currently a Vimeo Staff Pick. She also directed Where We Stand (DOC NYC 2016), which was released by The Atlantic and nominated for a BAFTA. Stolakis is a producer on ATTLA (Independent Lens). She holds an MFA in Documentary from Stanford University, where she currently lectures. She proudly hails from North Carolina and central New York.
MALIKA ZOUHALI-WORRALL: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Malika Zouhali-Worrall is an Emmy® Award-winning director and editor. Her directing credits include Call Me Kuchu, which premiered at the 2012 Berlinale and went on to win more than 20 festival awards, and Thank You For Playing (2015), which received an Emmy® for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. Malika’s work has been supported by Sundance, Tribeca, Firelight Media, and the United Nations. She is a San Francisco Film/Catapult Documentary Fellow and a Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellow.
Silent Beauty is a personal documentary that follows Director Jasmin López as she works to heal from child sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her grandfather, Gilberto, a Baptist minister, almost thirty years ago. In the process of sharing her own trauma with her large family, she learns that generations of children in her family were victims of the same abuse. Told from the director’s perspective, Silent Beauty is a film about confronting and accepting difficult truths while finding beauty in the process.
Silent Beauty is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jasmin Mara López is a filmmaker, audio producer, and youth radio educator that works in the US and México. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was affected by issues experienced on both sides of the US-México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change.
ALEXANDRIA BOMBACH: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning director, cinematographer, and editor from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her feature-length documentary, On Her Shoulders (2018), won Best Directing in the US Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, is nominated for two Spirit Awards, and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her first feature-length documentary, Frame by Frame (2015) premiered at SXSW and went on to win over 25 festival awards. Alexandria is the founder of the Santa Fe Editing & Writing Residency and a 2019 Sundance Institute Momentum Fellow.
Camilo is the adopted son of two indigenous Quillacingas from the lagoon of La Cocha, in the southwest of Colombia. He is the only black man in his community and has always felt different. That is why he makes the decision to embark on a journey in search of his mother and his origins. With the truth revealed, Camilo manages to find his identity and feel free to understand himself as a son of two races.
Paths of Fire and Water is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Viviana Gómez Echeverry is a Colombian director and cinematographer. She studied Social Communication at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, where she is a professor. In Spain, she specialized in cinematography and worked as DP for several documentaries. She wrote and directed short films Exotic Tropical and 16th Birthday, and co-directed the documentary Life Is Sacred, which premiered at CPH:DOX. Her first feature narrative film Keyla (2017) was an official selection at Warsaw International Film Festival and Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Featured image by Anton Wenzel.
As a child, Sara quit school to become the breadwinner of her family. She went from running a motorcycle shop to becoming a midwife and delivering 400 kids, all in her native Iranian village, where women are considered second-class citizens.
Despite the disagreements and oppositions, Sara becomes the first female running for a council seat. Confronted with the new challenges and promises she made for the villagers, this film captures Sara as she chases her dream fearlessly while dealing with the world around her and her lonely world within.
Sara: A Fearless Dream is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Sara: A Fearless Dream is co-directed by Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni.
Sara Khaki is an emerging independent documentary filmmaker and editor with a passion for telling untold stories that matter in our lives. She graduated from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County with a BFA in Cinematic Arts and the School of Visual Arts with a MFA in Social Documentary Film. Sara was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and she currently resides between New York City and Tehran.
Mohammad Reza Eyni graduated with an MFA in Cinema from Tehran University College of Fine Arts. He began his career as a sound designer and an editor in film and TV, fiction and nonfiction. Since 2010, he has directed and wrote more than ten documentary films. His first feature, The Silent Horse, received the Visual Arts Award and Diploma of Honor from the Fajr International Film Festival. Mohammad Reza lives and works in Tehran, Iran.